sup·​per | \ ˈsə-pər How to pronounce supper (audio) \

Definition of supper

1a : the evening meal especially when dinner is taken at midday
b : a social affair featuring a supper especially : an evening social especially for raising funds a church supper
2 : the food served as a supper eat your supper
3 : a light meal served late in the evening

Examples of supper in a Sentence

I always enjoyed our Sunday night suppers. It's almost time for supper. We took a walk after supper. I had too much wine at supper. He didn't come home for supper.
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Three visiting Midwestern chefs who focus on local foods and sustainability will cook Sunday suppers and chat with guests at Braise restaurant in Walker’s Point. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have Sunday supper and chat with Midwestern chefs during Braise restaurant's Leaders in Local Food series," 14 Aug. 2019 Dear Miss Manners: What is the difference between dinner and supper? Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Fiancee-no-more is asked to return all gifts," 8 Aug. 2019 In Cabo San Lucas, swim with whale sharks and supper along with sea lions. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Venture on a $150K West Coast Safari With Horse Whispering, Hot Air Balloon Rides," 7 Aug. 2019 That night, book a supper at one of the restaurants on Porto Cervo’s beloved Piazzetta—choose between the classic fish spot, Il Pescatore, or Novikov, an Asian fusion restaurant from owner and Russian restaurateur Arkady. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 26 June 2019 Traditionally, tea sandwiches are served with afternoon tea to keep hunger at bay until supper. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "The tea sandwich has returned, and it's modern and creative," 16 July 2019 Anyway, the main course of the supper is salmon and rice, that most simple, classic Alaska meal. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "How Alaska eats: What Juneau about food in Juneau?," 21 June 2019 Until recently, Da Prato cooked suppers in her loft in Brooklyn, or as pop-ups at restaurants around the city. Vogue, "Meet the Brooklyn Chef Bringing Her Etruscan Floral Style Back to Tuscany," 12 June 2019 Therapists arrive at the home at 8:30 a.m. and stay till just before supper time. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "An autistic Cottage Grove boy shocks his family — and charms the internet — by suddenly singing ‘Old Town Road’," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of supper

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for supper

Middle English soper, from Anglo-French super, from super to sup — more at sup

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English Language Learners Definition of supper

: the evening meal
chiefly US : a social event especially for raising money that takes place in the evening and includes a meal
chiefly British : a light meal or snack that is eaten late in the evening


sup·​per | \ ˈsə-pər How to pronounce supper (audio) \

Kids Definition of supper

1 : the evening meal especially when dinner is eaten at midday
2 : refreshments served late in the evening especially at a social gathering

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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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